Beauty Find: All the Bark, Without the Bite
April 19, 2006
The other day I was browsing the fragrance section of my favorite store and I had to pause: was I in a restaurant or a beauty store? I found tons of fragrances with undertones of the edible: chocolate, coconut, vanillaâ€¦ Unfortunately, some were so rich I felt like I had to count post-spritz calories. A little research led me to the phrase â€œgourmand,â€ a term thatâ€™s been applied to hardcore foodies for ages, but is just now being used by the beauty powers-that-be to describe a new and burgeoning genre of food-flavored scents. Funny enough, â€œgourmandâ€ is synonymous with â€œglutton,â€ and thereâ€™s definitely a glut of oversweet and too-realistic edible scents. If youâ€™re up for smelling sweet, but donâ€™t want anyone trying to take a bite out of you, try Fresh’s Lemon Sugar ($55) with sweet sugar and refreshing lemon notes, Ralph Lauren Ralph Hot ($55), which balances mocha cream, cinnamon and maple with woodsier florals, or one of Demeter Fragrance Library’s Pick-Me-Up Sprays ($19) in happy hour-inspired scents like Gin & Tonic or Black Russian. Look for scents that fall into oriental or citrus categories: they usually tone down food flavors with florals or musks. Find tons of foodie-fun scents at Sephora.com.